The Revised Public Review Draft of Laguna Hills’ 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, dated December 21, 2021, is available for download here [7mb].
The City of Laguna Hills General Plan Housing Element is a mandatory General Plan element that identifies housing policies and programs aimed at meeting the identified housing needs of the City's current and anticipated future population. The General Plan Housing Element is required by state law to be updated every eight years. Housing Elements must include a housing plan to accommodate a predetermined “fair share” allocation of housing units, at various income levels, determined by the state through a Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA) process. The City of Laguna Hills RHNA allocation for the 6th Housing Cycle, covering 2021-2029, is 1,985 new housing units. The City requests input from residents to determine how and where to best plan for the housing units allocated to the City.
If you would like more information or have any questions or comments, please email the Planning Division at email@example.com, or contact City staff as follows (please note all comments provided are public record):
|Larry Longenecker, AICP|
Community Development Director
|Jay Wuu, AICP|
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6PM - 9PM
Laguna Hills Community Center - 25555 Alicia Parkway
The following documents are PDF versions of presentation boards that were displayed at the Workshop:
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00pm
The City’s Planning Division created a survey in June 2021 for residents of Laguna Hills to help determine how the Housing Element should plan for the City’s share of the RHNA.
January 11, 2022
October 26, 2021
November 10, 2020
The City’s housing plan is contained in a “Housing Element” which is included in the City’s General Plan. The City’s General Plan is a comprehensive long-range planning document that directs the physical development of the City. The General Plan represents the community’s view of its future and becomes a blueprint for creating the view envisioned by the community. The City last completed a comprehensive update of the Laguna Hills General Plan in 2009, which sought to preserve and enhance the community’s existing strengths such as its beautiful natural setting of rolling hills, miles of trails and connected open spaces, attractive and safe neighborhoods, and sound local economy given the work and shopping destinations located in the city at the time.
The General Plan is considered comprehensive because it addresses a wide range of issues that affect the city such as new development, or social concerns that can affect the overall quality of life in the community. The General Plan is considered a “long-term” plan since it looks 20 years or more into the future. The General Plan is also divided into specific “elements” that address various topics including land use, housing, circulation, conservation, open space, noise, and safety. Of the elements mandated to be included in the City’s General Plan only the Housing Element is required to be updated by State law on a regular basis. In addition to the Housing Element, the City will likely need to update portions of the General Plan to ensure consistency between the new Housing Element and older portions of the General Plan.
|Income Category||Required RHNA|
|Above Moderate (market)|
The core purpose of a housing element is to plan for the existing and projected housing needs of all segments of the community such as seniors, families, workers, and the disabled. Existing and projected housing needs for these groups are not specifically addressed through the RHNA process.
A central component of the City’s Housing Element is the identification of policies and programs that ensure the City will meet its RHNA allocation of 1,985 units. The Housing Element must also identify properties that could accommodate the City’s RHNA requirements. It is important to note that the City must plan for, but is not obligated to build, the housing required by the RHNA allocation. Once the City identifies properties where it intends to accommodate its RHNA, the City will need to evaluate any zone changes or changes to development standards required to facilitate housing development. The state expects cities to remove barriers to housing development. To ensure barriers to housing construction are eliminated, recent changes to state housing law, such as the Housing Accountability Act, have made it more difficult for cities to deny housing projects.